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No focal or sensory deficits or no focal sensory deficits?
Wed May 3, 2006 11:06

I am having a brain freeze this morning.

"No focal or sensory deficits" or should it be
"no focal sensory deficits"


focal sensory (nm)
Wed May 3, 2006 11:07

say focal sensory is good.
Focal motor or sensory deficits is usually dictated so I'd (nm)
Wed May 3, 2006 11:14

sorry, I think they are separated by or (nm)
Wed May 3, 2006 11:14

Wed May 3, 2006 11:18

focal neurological deficits can be a location, function, sensation. I would type; No focal OR sensory deficits.

Neurological deficits - focal

A focal neurologic deficit is a problem in nerve function that affects:

A specific location -- such as the left face, right face, left arm, right arm, left leg, right leg, even just a small area such as just the tongue
A specific function -- for example, speech may be affected, but not the ability to write
The problem occurs in the brain or nervous system. It may result in a loss of movement or sensation. The type, location, and severity of the change can indicate the area of the brain or nervous system that is affected.

In contrast, a non-focal problem is NOT specific -- such as a general loss of consciousness.

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Focal neurologic changes can include any function. Sensation changes include paresthesia (abnormal sensations), numbness, or decreases in sensation. Movement changes include paralysis, weakness, loss of muscle control, increased muscle tone, and loss of muscle tone.

copyright Will Sandberg 2007